Manatee Lagoon

6000 N. Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach, FL, US, | Directions
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Closed on Mondays from April 1 - November 14. Open daily during manatee season, November 15 -March 31. Hours of operation: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Visitors to Manatee Lagoon share an experience the whole family can enjoy where threatened Florida manatees gather in the warm-water outflows of Florida Power & Light Company’s (FPL) Riviera Beach Next Generation Clean Energy Center, especially during cold weather. The manatee center was built shortly after FPL modernized this natural gas plant.


Test your knowledge of science and nature, and learn about FPL’s Riviera Beach Next Generation Clean Energy Center and the role it plays in the manatees migratory habits. For decades, manatees have been attracted to the warm-water discharges of FPL’s energy center, following a watery travel route that mother manatees have taught to manatee calves. The best opportunity to witness these gentle giants at Manatee Lagoon is Nov. 15 through March 31 when local water temperatures may drop below 68 degrees.


There are other fun family options that are offered at Manatee Lagoon throughout the year. Manatee Lagoon staffers have created an extensive calendar of activities, ranging from daily educational presentations, yoga on the waterfront observation deck, programs for children and more. Visit our events calendar to access the schedule and registration details.


Manatee Lagoon is one of Palm Beach County’s fun and engaging family-friendly attractions, with interactive, entertaining exhibits that inspire curiosity about the environment and the wonderful world of manatees.


FPL constructed Manatee Lagoon as part of its environmental mission to educate the public about the relationship it has with these wonderful creatures and to inspire communities to preserve and protect Florida’s environment and wildlife for future generations.


In Florida, manatee season begins on Nov. 15 and runs through March 31. Manatees migrate as the winter months arrive and are known to congregate in the warm-water discharges of the FPL Riviera Beach Next Generation Clean Energy Center.  Visit our website and see the live cam.